Monthly Archives: April 2011

Curated Computing Promises a More Secure Future on the Desktop

While Windows owes much of its success to its flexibility and ease of use, a new computing model, chiefly heralded by Apple in the consumer space, is changing the proposition value for end users.

Apple’s iOS provides a closed operating system for the iPhone and iPad, where access to the core OS is limited and applications are downloaded via an application store, ensuring that only good quality and useful code can find its way onto devices. This model was recently dubbed curated computing in an article by Forrester researcher Sarah Rotman Epps, where she describes the future as one providing less choice, but more relevance.

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Installing Device Drivers as a Standard User on Windows 7

One of the most common reasons cited for granting administrative privileges to notebook users on Windows is the need to install drivers for new hardware when IT support isn’t available. Happily, Windows 7 has improved driver handling and it’s likely that when a new device is connected, it will either be supported out-of-the-box, i.e. a driver for the device is included with Windows 7, or a driver will be automatically downloaded from Windows Update and pre-staged into the driver store (c:windowssystem32driverstore) so it can be installed by a standard user.

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